For clutch hitting, a consistent approach, an unreal April and solid months in between, Pat Burrell has been the Phillies most valuable player in 2008, even before yesterday’s three-run dong.
Sorry, Chase Utley. Pat the Bat is the man. If this is indeed his final season in red pinstripes, he’s going out with a bang. He’s on pace to set a career high in home runs, on-base and slugging percentage. His ballpark adjusted 151 OPS+ would also set a career high. He’s risen to the occasion in big moments, which sets him apart from his teammates. And let’s not forget that 1.000 fielding percentage. He should've been in the Bronx for tomorrow's All-Star game, but instead, gets a much-needed break.